ICG Commissions “Sarathi” the Offshore Patrolling Vessel [ Current Affairs ]

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have commissioned “Sarathi” the well-equipped offshore patrolling (OPV) vessel at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) shipyard at Vasco, south Goa.

Image of ICG commissions Sarathi

Image of ICG commissions Sarathi

Image of ICG commissions Sarathi

Key Facts

  • “Sarathi” is the third vessel of six OPVs series constructed and designed by GSL for Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
  • It is the largest (105 meter) and most advanced new generation off-shore patrol vessel.
  • It has includes advanced EW and electronic systems and guns, other equipment’s are:
  1. Integrated bridge system
  2. Power management system
  3. Integrated machinery control system
  4. High power external firefighting system
  • Sarathi has a state-of-the-art propulsion system which will increase the vessel speed up to 25 knots.
  • It has capacity to carry one twin engine light helicopter and five high speed boats.
  • The vessel will be jonnie the coast guard fleet at Kochi, Kerala.
  • It will also use for surveillance and to safeguard the maritime interests of the country.
  • This will be very helpful for coast guard to meet the increasing requirement of policing and patrolling of the India’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

About Indian Coast Guard:

  • The Indian Coast Guard shortly called as ICG protects India’s naval securities and administers naval law.
  • It was legally established on 18th August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India as an independent armed force of India.
  • It fulfils its responsibility with authority over the regional waters of India including its neighboring zone and private commercial zone.
  • It works under the Ministry of Defence.
  • The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with:
  1. The Indian Navy
  2. The Department of Fisheries
  3. The Department of Revenue
  4. Central and State police forces

- Published on: September 12, 2016